A crowd of about 300 people gathered Saturday night at Hinesville’s Bryant Commons Amphitheater for a Darryl Worley concert. While the event mostly went off without a hitch, one of three cash boxes containing an undisclosed amount of money did disappear from the gate-admissions area toward the end of the event, according to Hinesville Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Vicki Davis. The Hinesville Police Department is investigating the incident.
“It was a minor incident. I will say that the majority of the ticket sales were done as pre-sales and credit-card purchases, so (it was) only on-site cash purchase that took place and were put into just one of the cash boxes,” Davis said. “Although it’s unfortunate, and we hate to have that as part of this event, it certainly could have been much worse.”
They city of Hinesville’s 2013 fiscal year budget had an approved expenditure of $46,602 for the concert; however, Davis said event coordinators were able to bring the expense down quite a bit. They also received several grants and sponsorships.
Worley’s performance fee was $15,000, according to the HDDA executive director.
The total cost for the concert is not known because coordinators still are tabulating revenue and expenses.
Davis cleared up some rumors that circulated online regarding deeply discounted and free tickets.
“We did not sell any discounted tickets, nor were any city employees given free tickets. The members of the Hinesville Downtown Development Authority Board of Directors were given one free ticket each, but they did have to pay for their spouses,” she said.
Davis acknowledged attendance was smaller than anticipated, but expressed gratitude for the event’s supporters, especially the wounded warriors who were in attendance thanks to tickets provided by the Independent Telecommunications Pioneer Association.
“We certainly did want to have a considerably larger crowd, but we’re grateful and happy for those who did come out. Their response was overwhelming,” she said. “At one point, all of our soldiers were lined up right in front of the stage with tears in their eyes when Darryl Worley had a tribute. That, in itself, makes it all worthwhile.”